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Allbury, Anthony Charles “Tony”

November 7, 1939 – June 12, 2018
at the age of 78 years.

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tony Allbury after his short battle with cancer.  Tony is survived by his wife Marilyn (38 years), son Brett (Ontario), stepson Bill Henderson, nieces, nephew, grandchildren, and friends.  Tony was well known for his expertise and fairness in furniture restoration and refinishing in the Shuswap area.
A truly fine English gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all.
No services will be held.  He will be interred with his Mom, Dad and brother Chris at Mt. Ida Cemetery.
We would like to thank all the wonderful health professionals that were involved with his care.
Donations could be made to the Salmon Arm SPCA, 5850 Auto Road SE, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 2X2 in his memory for his love of animals especially dogs.


Tyson, Ian “Hugh”

March 3, 1933 – June 12, 2018
at the age of 85 years.

Ian “Hugh” Tyson, age 85, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, BC.  Born in Bromley, Kent,  Hugh spent his early childhood in Hong Kong and Malta returning to England in 1939. He is survived by his wife, Diane (nee Bishop), son Oliver (Hyoun-Joo), daughter Emily (Bill),  grandchildren Aveleen and Ian, as well as his sister Sally Brown. Always fascinated by nature, he obtained a PhD in Agricultural Botany from University College Wales, Aberystwyth in 1959 and devoted his professional career to the study of environmentally induced heritable changes in plants. He met Diane while working at the Canada Department of Agriculture in Morden, Manitoba.  Married in 1965, they have loved, supported and cared for each other for over 52 years.  An Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal from 1965-1997, Hugh mentored numerous graduate students in their research and often delighted more in their success than his own. Upon his retirement in 1997, Hugh and Diane headed West to their adopted community of Salmon Arm, BC where he began a second career as an environmental activist, volunteering with various community organizations (Shuswap Environmental Action Society, Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response, the Environmental Advisory Committee of the City of Salmon Arm and the Shuswap Solar Energy Society).  His overwhelming passion was the protection of the environment for future generations.  An avid squash player, cyclist and downhill skier until the age of 83, Hugh was a lifelong proponent of physical fitness. He founded the Salmon Arm Squash and Racquetball Society and was instrumental in the building of the community courts. He also loved working in his garden and listening to classical music, especially Mozart. He was endlessly curious about, and engaged with the world around him and will be sorely missed by family and friends for his kindness, humility, keen mind and subtle sense of humour. The family would like to thank the Physicians and Nursing staff at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for their thoughtful and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to Eco Justice ( or the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation ( would be greatly appreciated. Memorial Service to follow at a later date.

Willis, Gerald Florian “Willy”

February 21, 1950 – June 7, 2018
at the age of 68 years

Celebration of Life:  Saturday, June 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m. @ Mike Whitehead’s shop, 1610 Mair Rd. (next to Sicamous Truck and Car Wash)


Houde, Marcel Patrick

March 16, 1929 – June 4, 2018
at the age of 89 years.

Marcel passed away in Salmon Arm, BC on June 4, 2018, at the age of 89 years old. Marcel was born in Donnelly, Alberta to Alfred and Antoinette Houde on March 17, 1929. He survived by his wife Gladys of 65 years, 5 children, Pat(Liz), Doris, Ron(Kim), Maurice (Pam), and Jeanine (Larry); as well as many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. He also leaves behind 3 sisters, Rita, Marcella and Claire. Plus, his beloved 16-year-old dog Macy Cray.
Marcel spend his youth on a farm near Donnelly, AB before moving to Fort St. John, BC. He didn’t enjoy school and at the age of 15, Marcel went to work at a Sawmill. On his first day he was asked to grab an axe and because he only spoke French he had no clue what an axe was.
He married Gladys Lillian McInnes in 1952 and settled in Dawson Creek, BC. Marcel started working as a tire repair man and transitioned into driving Trucks to many places including Ed­monton, AB to Fairbanks and Anchorage, AK.
In 1958 Marcel and Gladys moved to Fort Nelson, BC Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway, where he was a manager of a tire shop and service station.
Marcel then started his own business special­izing in trucking and operating equipment. Where he worked for many years on flood repairs up and down the Alaska Highway.
Marcel became an extremely busy and successful bulk petroleum agent in Fort Nelson in the 1970’s. In one month, he sold more gallons of fuel than all the combined Pacific Petroleum agents in BC. He was an extremely hard worker and put in long hours running the business alongside Gladys who ran the office.
Marcel passed on his truck­ing legacy to his sons, Pat & Ron followed in his footsteps in the trucking industry, and Maurice who become a heavy duty mechanic.
Marcel was known for his ex­cellent handyman skills. He had very innovative ideas on how to get things done. He loved to help family and friends with their proj­ects. People would bring all sorts of items to be fixed or repaired to Marcel as he always “had” just the right part for the project in his shed.
Marcel & Gladys and family enjoyed driving up their beloved Alaska Highway, in particular to the Liard River Hot Springs. Marcel “Never Miss” Houde was an excellent softball player and played for the local Fort Nelson Elks team for many years.
In 1979, Marcel and Gladys retired to a lovely Lake front chalet style home on Shuswap lake in Tap­pen, BC. They became snowbirds in the winter months and resided in Yuma, AZ, USA for over 39 years. Marcel loved the sunny winter heat in Yuma He was always busy convening activities in the retirement park and was always ready to play cards with family and friends. Marcel and Gladys traveled extensively in retirement going many places in the Continental USA, Mexico and Alaska.
The family wishes to give their thanks to the doc­tors and hospital staff at the Shuswap Lake Gen­eral Hospital. The family is honouring Marcel’s request for no service and no flowers. A private family service will take place later in the sum­mer.

Orlando, Verginia

February 10, 1918 – May 28, 2018
at the age of 100 years.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will take place on Thursday June 14th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Schubert Centre 3505-30th Avenue, Vernon B.C.

“A Grand Lady”
With an ageless attitude, a great zest for life, a generous nature, and passion for music and people, Virginia Orlando lived her 100 years to the fullest. A long-time resident of Rossland, Trail, and Vernon BC, Virginia passed away peacefully at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on May 28, 2018. 
Virginia was born to her parents James and Julia Altomare on February 10, 1918 at Natal, BC.  She was an optimistic “people person” who loved her family very much. Her family always delighted in get togethers where her Italian cooking was centre stage.  Music was an integral part of her life having played piano for some eighty years with several dance bands in Natal, Rossland, and Trail.  Virginia touched many lives and brought so much joy and happiness by volunteering her piano playing at many senior old age facilities.  She received recognition from the City of Trail for her many years of volunteer services. Virginia was also a 67 year member of the Rossland/Trail Eagles Fraternity.  During her tenure in Vernon, Virginia enjoyed attending and playing piano for afternoon dances at the Schubert Centre.
Virginia was predeceased by her husbands Carl Picco and Fred Orlando, son Norman Picco, sisters Rose Ham and Teresa Qualtieri, and brother Joseph Altomare.
Virginia is survived by her son Raymon (Deanna) Picco of Vernon, BC, granddaughters Nicole (Robert) Spenst of Vernon, BC, Tracy (Scott) Kelly of Cold Lake, AB, Lori (Mike) Hallowes of Whitecourt, AB, and Natalie (Daniel) Riggs of Tihoi New Zealand. Great grandchildren Justin (Melissa) Spenst of Vernon, BC, Tanner and Austin Hallowes of Whitecourt, AB, and Tyson and Sienna Riggs of Tihoi New Zealand. Great great granddaughter Sadie Spenst of Vernon, BC.
Virginia will be sadly missed but will be forever in our hearts. Family members wish to thank Dr. Louis Boucher and staff at the Vernon hospital for the wonderful care provided over the years.
A celebration of Virginia’s life will take place on Thursday June 14th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Schubert Centre 3505-30th Avenue, Vernon B.C.  In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Heart and Stroke Fund in memory of Virginia.